Cafe Laguna started as a small restaurant in 1991
I remember hying off to their comfortable nook along Veterans Drive, Lahug, Cebu City
Nomnoming on their fresh lumpia then brought back good memories
Their Merienda Cena menu was just awesome
So when I saw that their CDO Branch is right smack at my hotel
I was salivating to kingdom come
Will they floor me again like in the past?
For starters, we ordered their Tinolang Manok (200.00)
Since Cafe Laguna is known to dish-out home cooked meals
My expectations for this viand was quite high
Unfortunately, I was disappointed because it was rather bland
It would been better if they used native chicken meat
That would have made this taste better
I’m a sucker for Pata Humba/Pork Hocks Stew (300.00)
This is cooked like adobo which is every Pinoys favorite
Well, Cafe Laguna redeemed themselves with this serving
The sauce was sweet but not too much
And the pork meat was soft and very tasteful
Despite the “absence” of fried bananas, I still enjoyed this meal
We also ordered Cream Dory Fillet with oriental sauce (200.00)
Dory is actually pangasius fish meat and is very succulent
The oriental sauce was a perfect match to the flat “dory-taste”
It was a good thing that they added pechay and lettuce
It added more zest to this viand making it taste better
I just felt that they unexpectedly overcooked this
I’ve been loving Pandan Chicken (190.00) since I first tasted it
This originated from Thailand and has since become popular with the Pilipino palate
The pandan leaves are supposed to give the chicken meat its fragrance
Well, if they didn’t deep-fry it a minute too much
Still the meat was soft and juicy and very tasty
So much so that I actually asked for kalamansi and toyo as sawsawan!
And finally, dessert — Buko Pandan and Puto Bumbong were served
This really refreshed my fascinating memories about Cafe Laguna
Their Buko Pandan with its gracious serving of coco-meat and pandan gulaman is a winner
It’s served chilled and the sweetness was just enough
Their Puto Bumbong is simply superb because they still used margarine as topping
Methinks, margarine is the best way to go with it
The gelatinous rice was sticky but never got stuck between the teeth
The desserts just made my Cafe Laguna experience, awesome!
Cafe Laguna in Cagayan de Oro City is located at the ground level of Malberry Suites. They are open daily from 8:30 am – 11:00 pm. All major credit cards are accepted. For reservations, you may call them at (088) 858-2999.
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